Many seniors with Parkinson’s receive the majority of their care at home from loved ones and friends, especially in the early stages of the disease. As an in-home care company, we understand firsthand the unique challenges experienced by family members providing senior care for someone with Parkinson’s disease, and want you to know you’re not alone! We’re here to provide tips and to partner with you in making sure your loved one is receiving the very best possible care at all times.
For starters, keep these Parkinson’s-specific tips in mind:
- Nutrition: A well-balanced diet helps reduce cell loss in a person with Parkinson’s. Consuming antioxidants, like those found in blueberries, broccoli, spinach, green tea, beans, and certain nuts, can also help fight oxidative stress.
- Chewing/Swallowing: People with Parkinson’s often experience difficulties chewing and swallowing. Anyone caring for a person with Parkinson’s should learn the Heimlich Maneuver in case the person begins to choke.
- Fall Prevention: Parkinson’s patients often have a difficult time walking and balancing, so it is important to modify the home environment in order to prevent the risk of falling. Installing items like customized toilet seats and grab bars where appropriate, and removing obstructions throughout the home such as doorsills and throw rugs, is a good start.
- Anxiety and Depression: Combating depression and anxiety is a large part of the Parkinson’s battle. Watch your loved one closely for signs of depression, and have him or her diagnosed as soon as possible.
- Medications: Parkinson’s medications can have multiple side effects and can affect a person in different ways. Some medications may cause hallucinations or nightmares, for example. Be sure your care recipient’s physician tells you about all the expected side effects of medications so you know what to expect.
We invite you to explore our senior home care services to discover how respite care can result in a better quality of life for both your loved one and the family who cares for him or her. By allowing our professional in home caregivers to assist with some of the more mundane aspects of caregiving, it allows loved ones to spend more quality time together.
Contact us at (503) 352-5634 to learn more about home care services and allow us to create a plan of care that encompasses all of your loved one’s particular care needs.